Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Murray has London in mind

Andy Murray has taken advantage of injuries to Novak Djokovic and others to win three titles this autumn, so now he is eyeing a successful end to 2011 with victory at the Paris Masters and the ATP Tour finals.

The Scot has climbed to number three in the world rankings with consecutive titles in Bangkok, Tokyo and Shanghai in recent weeks thanks to a run of 20 games without defeat. People who bet on Andy Murray should bear this in mind.

Murray could actually overtake Rafael Nadal and rise to number two in the world rankings by the end of the year if he wins in Paris and then becomes the first Brit to win the ATP World Tour in front of home fans at the O2 Arena in London.

He has made the semi-finals of the ATP Tour finals on two occasions, in 2008 and 2010, and knows this a great chance to prove himself as one of the best after going another year without breaking his Grand Slam duck.

Murray pulled out of last week's tournament in Basle with a muscle problem and is hoping to get back to his best in Paris ahead of competing in London. Punters may want to back him with an ATP Finals London bet.

"I've actually always played well at the O2, but I've never managed to get to the final or win it, so this year I'd like to try and do that," he said.

"It's a big challenge — not many guys have been able to win it. But this week I need to try and get some matches in; I don't really want to go in there with not having played a match for five or six weeks."

The Barclays ATP World Tour finals run from November 20th to 27th at the O2 Arena in London with the eight best male ranked stars in global tennis competing in the prestigious end-of-season finale.

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